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[The Universalist Leader]

Those who came in contact with the personality of Jesus, and were capable of appreciating the virtues it manifested, were enabled to fashion from the elements which it supplied a better conception of the goodness of God than the world had ever held before. They had known men who in some degree were just and generous, sympathetic and helpful; but here was a higher type of moral excellence than they had ever seen or dreamed of, and they embodied it in their divine ideal. Beholding his gentleness and tenderness, his patience and forgiveness, his compassion which was measured only by the need of those on whom it was bestowed, his joy in rendering constant service, his love embracing all mankind, they said, "This is what the goodness of God is like." Therefore they were encouraged, when they no longer had access to him, to go direct to the Father, with whose mind and heart he had made them acquainted, for strength in trial, companionship in loneliness, and comfort in sorrow. This also was the gospel which they preached in his name. As best they could, they repeated his sayings; they pictured his character; they told the story of his life. They said, "This is what our master was, and what God is."

[The Christian Register]

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